Rains recede, but floods continue in district

Those who had moved to safer areas return to their homes

Heavy rainfall that lashed across Dakshina Kannada district on Thursday receded on Friday. However, the sky remained overcast throughout the day.

The district received an average of 4.5 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours. This includes Puttur—92.1 mm, Sullia—56.4 mm, Belthangady—32.9 mm, Mangalore—25.7 mm,  and Bantwal—5.5 mm.

Water-level in Netravathi river at Bantwal stood at 6.7 metres as against danger mark of 8.5 metre.

The district has received an average of 1756.4 mm rainfal since January this year. Last year, during the same period, the district had received 991.3 mm rainfall.

However, damages due to rainfall continued on Friday too. The movement of vehicles on Jodupala near Sampaje was disrupted when a compound wall collapsed on the road. Soil has caved in on a road at Narnakaje. A lorry turned turtle at Kakkebettu on Sullia-Ubaradka road and disrupted the movement of vehicles for three hours.

On the other hand water-level in Kumradhara river and Nethravathi at Uppinangady has subsided. The water-level in Kumaradhara stood at 24 metres as against the dangerous level of 29.5 metres.

Four jeeps and four two -wheelers parked at a garage were damaged when a retaining wall collapsed on the garage at Nattibail in Uppinangady.

A house was partially collapsed at Kulkunda colony in Subramanya gram panchayat on Friday morning.

A bamboo tree uprooted and fell on the TV room of the gram panchayat at Devaragadde in Subramanya. As a result, the roof of the room has been damaged. The bamboo tree also damaged two electric poles, thus disrupting supply of electricity.

With catchment area receiving copious rainfall, Kumaradhara bridge leading to Subramanya was inundated from Thursday night till Friday morning. With the recede in water-level, the bridge was open for traffic on Friday. However, there was drastic decline in number of devotees visiting the temple town of Subramanya on Friday.

Water-level in river Nethravathi had reached to the maximum level at Bantwal on Thursday after 16 years. More than 25 houses have been completely damaged in the rainfall.

Residents of Baddakatte, Bhandarybettu, Basthipadpu, Jakribettu, Kanchikarapete, Jainarapete, Panemangalur, Aladka, Barimaru, Kadeshwalya, Shanthiagngadi, Nandarabetta were shifted to safer place on Thursday. With the recede in water-level, the residents have moved back to their dwellings and were engaged in cleaning their houses on Friday.

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